Sara started running track and cross-country in high school and continued in college.  She never won a race, but was never last either.  After college, years went by without running until a friend convinced Sara to train for a marathon with Team in Training in 2007.  A few years later, as part of a plan to lose about 50 pounds, she started running regularly again and decided to try her hand at the half marathon.  For several years now, she’s run three or four half marathons and have gradually improved her PR to 2:08!!!

Post Florida half marathon

Post Florida half marathon

A friend and co-worker of Sara’s in Greenville, CA – Eva Gorman – who knows about her passion for running, invited her to stay with her and complete Running with the Bears half marathon.

Eva’s description of the race and the festivities attracted Sara to the race and then she learned that our race benefits kids in foster care.  That cinched the deal for Sara – a run, a friend, a great time and a good cause.

In Hawaii before a race

Sara in Hawaii with her sister Annie before the race in Hawaii

Sara grew up in upstate New York, has lived abroad for about 15 years and has been settled in Oakland, CA for the past 8 years.  The Bay Area is not at a loss for races and Sara has run Oakland Running Festival, Kaiser Permanente and the Giant Race as well as half marathons in Idaho, Hawaii and Florida.  They keep it in the family as Sara’s sister has run over 20 marathons and continues to inspire her.  She’s run the marathon while Sara ran the half in both Florida and Hawaii.  Her biggest fan is her Mom, though, who recently moved to California and will be travelling to Running with the Bears to cheer Sara on.

Sara’s commitment to running has been in full force the last 3 years to assist her in losing weight but it’s still challenging for Sara to get going.  Once she’s in motion, it’s easy but taking that first step out the door is always the most challenging.  When she’s on the move, she likes to take the time to think and manage stress.  Not to mention that finishing any run makes her feel strong!!

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